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hoog
11-06-2008, 12:51 PM
I know it's early but here's how I see our Minor league clubs shaking out on the mound:

Toledo
Starters:
Yorman Bazardo, RH
Macay McBride, LH (If healthy he'll go to a starters role)
Eddie Bonine, RH
Chris Lambert, RH
Daniel Christensen, LH

Bullpen:
Casey Fien, CL (Tigers are very high on this guy!)
Rudy Darrow, SU (Tigers seem high on him as well.)
Fransico Cruceta, SU (Would have played more if it were'nt for visa)

Overall: Nothing special here unless Fien becomes what the Tigers brass thinks he can be. He has done VERY well in winter ball so far. The starters are fill in MLB rotation guys at best, although, I'm a fan of Lambert's.

Erie
Starters:
Luis Marte, RH (Huge prospect if he can stay healthy, very small though)
Guilermo Moscoso, RH (Has a chance to be special if he's consistant.)
Lucas French, LH (Been around a long time, average back end rotation guy)
Josh Rainwater, RH (Right handed version of French)
Jonah Nickerson, RH (Great college pitcher still working to be a good in MLB)

Bullpen:
Zach Simons, CL (Limit his walks and he could be a very good pick up)
Robby Weinhardt, SU (very good looking prospect, might get CL job)
Brett Jensen, SU (Injured last year but still good prospect)

Overall: Very nice looking staff all the way through. Marte and Moscoso have a chance to be very special pitchers. The bullpen, if set up this way, could be awsome. All three guys are very good prospects.

Lakeland
Starters:
Rick Porcello, RH (no need to explain! Top prospect)
Duane Below, LH (must bounce back from sub-par 2008)
Jon Kibler, LH (MSU grad had a great season)
Alfredo Figaro, RH (Had a rough time here last year but did well at WM)
Charles Furbush, LH (Injured but was one of my top prospects last year)

Bullpen:
Ryan Perry, CL (Top pick in 08' will be closer for forseen future)
Cody Satterwhite, SU (Very nice prospect with closer capability)
Noh Krol, SU (Took step back last year but has a lot of potential)

Overall: Great looking staff if Furbush is healthy and Below bounces back. The bullpen (like Erie) is stacked. Perry needs to watch his back because Satterwhite is in his review mirror.

West Michigan
Starters:
Luke Petkonen, RH (Good college pitcher that needs to step up.)
Mark Sorensen, RH (Another MSU guy)
Brandon Hamilton, RH (Failed here last year but should be the stud now!)
Thad Weber, RH (Only 1-4 here last year but stats were very good)
Matt Hoffman, LH (19 year old lefty with strike out ability)

Bullpen:
Scott Green, CL/SU (At 6'7" and 230lbs he's very intimidating)
Brett Jacobson, CL/SU (6'6" but thinner than Green, still a nice prospect)
Lester Oliveros, SU (Coming from Oneota and looked good there.)

Overall: It's a great unknown here. Hamilton has the stuff to be VERY good but has yet to show it at this level, still young though. Hoffman has an opportunity to be pretty good. Are Green and Jocobson just tall and intimidating or are they the real deal? We'll find out this year.

PistonsFan14
11-07-2008, 10:51 AM
I havent looked in to it or anything but maybe he will start in lakeland as i know they dont want to rush him AT ALL. But I think porcello could be in erie to start the season and toledo by the break.

hoog
11-07-2008, 01:01 PM
I havent looked in to it or anything but maybe he will start in lakeland as i know they dont want to rush him AT ALL. But I think porcello could be in erie to start the season and toledo by the break.

The Tigers tend to do that "the weather is better in Lakeland" thing with their younger guys. I know that's what was up with Miller when he was here. I don't see him at Lakeland all year but to start I think they will leave him where he was then move him. Don't rule out a jump to Toledo without stopping in Erie at all. Another name that will jump inot a rotation somewhere eventually is Casey Crosby. The young lefty that was rated just below Porcello last year before the injury and he did pitch decent at the end of the year. ( I think it was in the rookie league.)